Boston Latin falls from top when handful of students opt out of test

By students opting out of the test, the mayor said the schools did not meet the 95 percent participation threshold required for maintaining its Level 1 standing.

// Well, well, well . . . look what the drought’s doing now

“Is there enough water?” asked one DCR official. “We’re certainly recommending everyone conserve.”

// Man searched in vain for mother after boat sank, Coast Guard says

The Coast Guard also said there was no record of a mayday radio call to ask for help as the boat was sinking.

// Staples names Shira Goodman as president and CEO

The Framingham company’s board members have chosen a familiar face after it failed to acquire smaller rival Office Depot.

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// Who will come out on top in tonight’s debate?

Donald Trump’s forte is getting attention, but Hillary Clinton still has one big advantage.

// Jordan’s Furniture locations closing early for presidential debate

The company wants both customers and employees to witness the head-to-head debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

// Witnesses to Theater District stabbings asked to call police tip line

No arrests have been made as of Monday morning as police continue to investigate a violent incident that broke out over the weekend.

// Nine people wounded in Houston shooting

The alleged gunman, who was fatally shot by police, has been identified as a lawyer who had issues with his law firm.

// Wash. mall shooting suspect confessed to slayings

The 20-year-old accused of killing five people Friday at a mall in Washington state allegedly confessed to detectives.

// Boston University grad student missing in NYC

One of the music student’s friends said he was last seen Sept. 18 leaving his hotel near Midtown.

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It’s official: New England energy is cleaner and greener

New England is one of the greenest areas of the country, leading the way to alternative energy sources. Here’s how each state is putting its natural advantages to work.

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Red Sox players (front, from left) Chris Young and Travis Shaw play cribbage before a recent game at Fenway Park, while teammates (back, from left) Deven Marrero and Marco Hernandez play cards.

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Cribbage makes a comeback

Many of the Red Sox players love to play the centuries-old card game.

// This is classic Rex Ryan

The Bills coach brought up the Patriots quarterback situation unprompted in a news conference Sunday.


// The rest of the NFL doesn’t get it: Why the Patriots succeed

The brand of football played in Foxborough just looks different.

// Regulators put a freeze on booze-infused ice cream

Anyone who incorporates wine, beer, or spirits into their recipes must now file for a special exemption from the federal government.

// Bruins sign Brad Marchand to eight-year extension

The deal runs through the 2024-25 season and is worth an average of $6.125 million for a total of $49 million.

My Instagram

Chronicling his city and his adventures

Newton native Alex Tang’s Instagram account (@alxtng) largely features friends and cityscapes.

// Northeastern students get a bit crabby, break record

Each of the 376 students who participated had to “crab walk” for two consecutive minutes to set a new Guinness World record.


// What was Metallica shredder Kirk Hammett doing in Salem?

It has nothing to do with Satan.

// 5 cool spots outside New England to see fall foliage

We’re not the only ones who get the color splash of fall. From China to North Carolina, check out some other beautiful scenes.

// In Mattapan, a restoration uncovers countless mysteries

Work is beginning on the neighborhood’s oldest building — a 200-year-old farmhouse whose past is full of intrigue.

Love Letters

// He plays Pokémon Go to excess

He has the app open while he’s driving, and will put the phone in his lap and repeatedly look down at it.

// Police dogs give an assist in 23-year-old Brockton man’s arrest

The two dogs were able to locate the man, who was hiding, and the firearm he was carrying.

Globe investigations

The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

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South Africa motorbike racing

Not far from the refurbished F1 race track of Kyalami in Johannesburg is a small, virtually dirt race track that attracts only the brave.